Futuristic Cars

Futuristic Cars

The Die Another Day Invisible Car

Maker: Mercedes

Technology: Hydrogen Powered F-Cells;
LED Sheets

Benefits:Zero driving costs, zero emissions, Invisibility

Road Block: Exorbitant cost of producing F-Cells

The F-Cell vehicle of Mercedes powered by Hydrogen claims to offer a mileage equivalent to 400 kms on a single charge in addition to being completely ‘invisible’ to the environment. Mercedes achieved this feat by completely covering the car with LED sheets displaying a live feed of images shot by high powered Canon DSLR cameras mounted on either side of the car, making it seem that that there’s nothing standing between you and the other side of the road. While it was more of publicity stunt to showcase the car’s zero emission virtue, the possibility of whizzing through toll booths, getting free parking, and never being forced to pay off a cop does seem attractive. 

 

The Tron Legacy Blackbird

Maker: Mercedes

Technology: Slush Hydrogen Engine

Benefits: The sexiest car on the road

Roadblock: Concept Car

With all the talk of light-cycles we believe that it was high time that the TRON Legacy Mercedes Blackbird car showed up. Designed by Peter Vardai, one look at the bike will make you realise that Peter designed the blackbird to burn some serious rubber. The engine powering this Supercar has been kept under wraps, but experts believe it would be released with an AMG electric hybrid motor or with a high-end slush hydrogen engine.

 

The Luke Skywalker Land Speeder Hovercraft

Maker: Volkswagen

Technology: Air Cushioned, F-Cell powered propellers

Benefits: An All surface vehicle

Roadblocks: Concept Car 

Will we ever get to test the Star Wars Land Speeder on our own streets? No, but if the idea ever comes through, this is what we’d get. This futuristic hovercraft designed by Volkswagen is an ACV (Air Cushion Vehicle) and is capable of crossing a range of surfaces including rivers, lakes, marshes and even the pothole riddled streets of

Mumbai. Driven by hydrogen fuel cell motors, the Hovercraft includes four propellers to guide the vehicle. If it ever comes to India, we plan to be in Mumbai praying for a bitch of a monsoon.

 

Jetson Inspired SkyCar

Maker: Independent

Technology:Yahama Engine, ParamotorPropellor

Benefits: It flies

Roadblocks: Too pricy, requires a pilot’s license   

By the time the Moller SkyCar manages to thrust, propel, glide its way into the showrooms, we’ll probably be too old to care. However, the Parajet is a rugged tri-wheeled, two person ATV that can tackle both sand dunes and the sky with consummate ease. Using a parafoil wing, it can take off on a 200 feet surface then traverse the skies propelled by a paramotor propeller. Fitted with a powered packed Yamaha engine, the bike can reach 170 kmph on the ground and the same engine helps it cruise at that 110 kmph in the air for 200 feet at a stretch. The vehicle has been extensively tested and experts agree that at $4,872,030 it’s currently the only affordable flying car in the market. The markers are currently working on a prettier street worthy body.

 

The Minority Report Self Driving Smart Car

Maker: BMW

Technology: GPS, crowd sourcing

Benefits: Self Driven

Roadblocks: Huge infrastructural upgradations

You know that you’re late for work… but does your car know it? In the near future, your car will become a gizmo packed computer, seamlessly connecting to the world around it. It would anticipate your driving habits and never let you get hopelessly lost as it will know which building it’s passing. It would also be able exchange information about impending traffic jams with other cars on the road automatically finding bylanes to zip through. The ConceptVision convertible designed by BMW drives itself requiring minimal assistance from the driver… a voice command might suffice if you’re feeling too lazy to take to the wheels. Using crowd sourcing technology, it would help you find which pubs in the area are witnessing high chick traffic; order movie tickets and even make dinner reservations.

 

Life in Metro Inspired Electric Car Smart Car

Maker:Genral Motors

Technology: Electric Engine, GPS Navigation

Benefits: The Nano of the future

Roadblocks: Huge infrastructural upgradations

By the time we hit 2030, we’ll be forced to share our already jammed up streets with more than a million cars. Petrol pumps would have become a thing of the past and while those with inflated bank accounts whizz past us in hydrogen powered Hover crafts, the rest of us will invest in the EN-V. Comfortably cocooned in this carbon fibered, all glass Electric Networked Vehicle, we’ll set our route on the GPS, and the car will do the rest. Thanks to its advanced sensors, the EN-V would be able to detect and react to both stationary and moving obstacles on the road – including pedestrians, cows and a variety of futuristic strays. Another astonishing feature is the car’s ability to find a parking spot on its own and return to its owner when summoned using a smartphone app.

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